Crisis Mode

The power of youth art versus a mass extinction event

Listen, we'd love to sit down and educate you on the copious amounts of scientific literature regarding climate change, but we are simply out of time. Two events this weekend hope to bring awareness to the crisis: a general climate strike on Friday followed by the opening of a youth art exhibit on Sunday. Both are organized by YUCCA, New Mexico Youth United for Climate Crisis Action, because the youth are the future and we're about to stick it to the Man.

Swedish activist Greta Thunburg and 46 other young folks originally called for the climate strike back in May. The city, county and Santa Fe Board of
Education adopted resolutions in support of the youth leaders and their call to action. This resolution and the accompanying strike are in symphony with actions from around the globe, and our local youths are asking businesses to close, students to skip school and for everyone to converge at the Roundhouse for the day. The Democratic Party of Santa Fe is conducting a voter registration drive to encourage people to elect climate-minded representatives.

Furthermore, an art exhibit opening Sunday at the ARTsmart Community
Studio hopes to give a more artistic platform to young artists from around the state. Titled In Crisis, it's curated by New Mexico School for the Arts student and YUCCA organizer Artemisio Romero y Carver, who spoke with SFR via phone.

"I don't subscribe to the concept that there really is a difference between art and political art," he says. "I think to have a healthy functioning society, [art] needs to be listened to."

To encourage youth artists to share their voice, Romero y Carver is running the show differently than most, saying that "As an artist, you'll get 100% of all proceeds from sold art."

He encourages attendees to support and listen to the youth who will live through the consequences of climate change, even if it's so hard to stop supporting the corporations and habits that got us into this crisis.

Global Climate Strike:
11am-1:30pm Friday Sept. 20. Free.
The Roundhouse,
490 Old Santa Fe Trail.

In Crisis:
2-5 pm Sunday Sept. 22. Free.
ARTsmart Community Studio,
1201 Parkway Drive.

Set the Tone

Courtesy Tone Ranger

In June, we wrote about artist micro-residencies at nearby Resolana Farms, a series of week-long immersive getaways designed to give creatives in various fields some much-needed solitude to work on their projects. One such artist was Alex Simon, aka Tone Ranger, a purveyor of indie-ish dance jams self-described as heavily influenced by the desert. What emerged is Tone Ranger's newest, the incomplete Peaks and Valleys, something anyone has yet to hear, but songs that will be unleashed in-progress at Paradiso this week. It's a bit of a big deal as Simon says he'll head to the Four Corners shortly after to complete the album, but he's unsure if he'll return. If you've ever been curious, if you're already a fan—if you're just looking to dance—put this one on your calendars. (Alex De Vore)

Tone Ranger: 
8 pm Thursday Sept. 19. $7.
903 Early St.


Courtesy Axle

Oh, noble potato, is there anything you can't do? Of course, there's actually a lot, but a new workshop gathering on Museum Hill this week aims to educate, art it up and provide a pretty sweet snacking experience. At the smartly titled Potato, participants can learn to cut and carve spuds into a sort of makeshift stamp. Then, using food pigments, they'll use their new artsy potato to make prints. Afterwards, since it's all edible, the materials are eaten, leaving behind satisfaction and that super-rad print you just made. Later, the fine folks at Axle Contemporary—that's the mobile contempo art gallery you've surely seen buzzing about town—display the work. In summation, you'll get a snack, a potential spot in one of Santa Fe's galleries and learn a new trade. Score. (ADV)

Noon-3 pm Thursday Sept. 19. Free.
Museum Hill,
710 Camino Lejo.


Kay Buchanan

We've always known musician Andrew Tumason to be an evolver, which is to say that it's hard to tell what his music will sound like from show to show, album to album. A former member of experimental indie duo Evarusnik and everybody's favorite sci-fi superband Storming the Beaches with Logos in Hand, Tumason's world travels—especially to New Zealand—have left an indelible mark on his creation. Enter Woven Talon—Tumason's oft-changing solo project and a bizarre culmination of studious world music know-how—and Kahuravi, featuring Tumason and musician Noah Wilson. As we say, you never quite know what you're going to get, but we hear it's a combo of African harp, Indian singing bowls and other surprises. New Zealand dance beat act Chikaa and California-based fusion-folkers Mad Hallelujah open. (ADV)

Woven Talon with Kahuravi, Chikaa and Mad Hallelujah: 
7:30 pm Saturday Sept. 21. $10-$20.
Railyard Performance Center,
1611 Paseo de Peralta,